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O pray for the peace of Jerusalem : for choir in unison or two parts and piano or organ

by Brett McKern (2013)

Work Overview

This is a setting of some famous verses from Psalm 122 which exhort the listener to prayer, and then a verse of Psalm 141 requesting that prayer rise to God. It is written with flexible voicing for a unison choir or one in two parts of upper and lower voices. These can be men and women, sopranos and altos, tenors and basses, girls and boys, or whatever the choir director wishes. For a parish church choir, it is sometimes helpful to have works like this where it will work even with some absentees. Similarly, the accompaniment works on piano for a school assembly or on organ at church or similar. Musically it is in a general AABA form with enough repetition to make its learning quicker. The soft beginning and ending are contrasted with a crescendo and climax in the B section. The ranges for each vocal line are not extreme. The harmonic language is tonal but contemporary. The melodic lines are lyrical. It is hoped choirs enjoy this approachable work.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Choir in unison or 2 parts, organ or piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Easy

First performance: by Nicola Chau — 13 Jul 14. St John's Church, Gordon, NSW

Text from Psalms 122:6-7, 141:2.


Performances of this work

26 Jun 16: Church of St John the Evangelist, Gordon, NSW. Featuring St John's Parish Choir, Nicola Chau.

5 Jul 15: Church of St John the Evangelist, Gordon, NSW. Featuring St John's Parish Choir.

13 Jul 14: St John's Church, Gordon, NSW. Featuring Nicola Chau.

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